Employee was hired under the perception that he had experience and credentials, which, after a short time, were found to be false.
In this situation an applicant submitted a resume full of false information--from the graduating degree to work experience. Without checking references and accepting 'copies' of his backup documentations, the company hired the applicant. After a short period of employment an investigation was done and found that the applicant was involved in an alleged plagiarism scandal regarding his Masters degree thesis on fiber reinforced composite materials. (The applicants' thesis was a large factor as to the decision to hire him.) The investigation further showed that he was asked to withdraw from the University. The applicants' on the job performance (which warranted the investigation) was less than stellar in comparison to what his resume offered the company. The applicant later admitted that he lied in order to get the job.
First and foremost, morals and ethics play a large role in this situation. Should the employee get fired? Yes--simply for his lack of ethics. In the above scenario we do not know what type of company this is, but my research shows that 'fiber-reinforced composite materials' are included in such things as concrete. It is also a material used to make recreational boats. (These are a few of many examples.)
Hypothetically, we can say that this company in question constructs boats. The applicants 'research'--or lack of it--endangers the safety of the consumer who may purchase a boat he helped create. His lack of knowledge can easily cause a boat to be manufactured with a faulty design, a safety flaw. Not only is there a potential of lives lost to a foreseeable accident, the company will also suffer lawsuits after an investigation finds them at fault.